Santorum: Single Moms Are "Breeding More Criminals"

Full story: Mother Jones

EXCLUSIVE: The GOP candidate claimed in 1994 that single mothers were destroying the "fabric of the country." His solution? "Kicking them in the butt." During his first US Senate campaign, Rick Santorum warned voters of a growing menace that was "breeding more criminals" and threatened to destroy America from within: single mothers.
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Tina

Erie, PA

#1 Mar 9, 2012
Rick Santorum...any respect that I had for you is gone. I'm a single mom who works 2 jobs to put my son through private school and he's an A student. Go s*&ew yourself.
Real American

Erie, PA

#3 Mar 9, 2012
Tina wrote:
Rick Santorum...any respect that I had for you is gone. I'm a single mom who works 2 jobs to put my son through private school and he's an A student. Go s*&ew yourself.
Then you're the exception, if true.
Wake up and look around.
Real American

Erie, PA

#4 Mar 9, 2012
Hilarious! Mother Jones!! From 1994!!
Hilarious!!!
TaxNoMore

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 9, 2012
During his first US Senate campaign, Rick Santorum warned voters of a growing menace that was "breeding more criminals" and threatened to destroy America from within:

single mothers.

"Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country," Santorum told a town meeting in Clairton, Pa., in February 1994, according to transcripts of the appearance obtained by Mother Jones.

"We are seeing it.

We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it's falling apart because of single moms."

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eerie poverty rate 30%
Tina

Buffalo, NY

#6 Mar 10, 2012
It's not about single moms. It's about bums who don't work. He needs to get it right!
Uhhh

San Diego, CA

#7 Mar 10, 2012
Tina wrote:
It's not about single moms. It's about bums who don't work. He needs to get it right!
Just because we can't find a job, don't call us bums!

Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#8 Mar 10, 2012
the larger point: 66% of black families, 41% hispanic families, 24% of caucasian families are one parent. and the numbers are rising. it is a terrible thing for the nation.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#9 Mar 10, 2012
Real American wrote:
Hilarious! Mother Jones!! From 1994!!
Hilarious!!!
I know!!! Everyone knows that no Republucan keeps the same views for 8 years!!!!

When was that terrorist Billy Ayers active, again???

Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#10 Mar 10, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
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I know!!! Everyone knows that no Republucan keeps the same views for 8 years!!!!
When was that terrorist Billy Ayers active, again???
the passage of time does not detract from the fact that our president was good buddies with an american-hating commie terrorist, who now has a "cloak" of respectability.
Pamela

Citrus Heights, CA

#11 Mar 10, 2012
GoodNewz wrote:
the larger point: 66% of black families, 41% hispanic families, 24% of caucasian families are one parent. and the numbers are rising. it is a terrible thing for the nation.
Exactly. This country has now turned into a nation that pays those who drop out of high school to have kids out of wedlock and to get a free pass on life, for life. Once the Dems made the welfare programs so big that a young girl can drop out of high school and have a child in order to get free housing, free money, free food, free dental and medical care, they all started doing it. The Democrats pretend that this country is back in 1970, that there is a big educated working generation paying taxes to pay for welfare and to pay for their parents to be on Social Security and Medicare. It's 2012. There is no big working educated generation. The baby boomers are all retiring. They are old. Once they retire, they go onto the government themselves, and there is no educated younger generation to pay half the young people to be on welfare nor is there anyone to pay the baby boomers to be on SS and Medicare. This is the reality of where we are today. It's a new world order here. All of the money the government gives out in SS, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, GA, food stamps, all of it is going to have to go because of the changing demographics in this country. It's soon going to be a country of half old people on the government and the majority of the younger people will also be ond the government, not working and paying taxes. So it's all going to collapse.

The Democrats act like it is so great that people come here illegally from a third world country and have large families on welfare. These are the kids who end up in gangs and then in prision. We will be spending all of our tax money just on prisions and on free lawyers and on the court system to deal with all of the crime. People on welfare commit most of the crimes in this country. Kids in inner city housing projects have a life expectancy of 25 because they kill one another. Santorum is right. We pay people to create criminals. They have no fathers, their mothers are kids themselves who have them only to get welfare. How did the Dems think this was going to turn out?? The Dems pretend that there are only a few people on welfare. They pretend there is this large white working population who can carry the blacks and hispanics and white hillbillies on welfare. There is no one to do that. Hispanics will be the majority race in this country soon enough. It's going to be a full blown third world country due to the changing demographics of the hispanics and half the country being old people. That's when we go like Greece, from a first world country to being a third world country. I wish I could get out before the next five years, before the country collapses.
Angry Taxpayer

Monroeville, NJ

#12 Mar 11, 2012
Mother Jones does not accept the obvious: welfare reform was right for the United States in 1994, and it is today. Santorum and other supporters were right about ending the entitlement, while improving day care access. These assclowns are trying 24/7 to bury Santorum's real accomplishments in the Senate.
yoo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Mar 11, 2012
Pamela wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. This country has now turned into a nation that pays those who drop out of high school to have kids out of wedlock and to get a free pass on life, for life. Once the Dems made the welfare programs so big that a young girl can drop out of high school and have a child in order to get free housing, free money, free food, free dental and medical care, they all started doing it. The Democrats pretend that this country is back in 1970, that there is a big educated working generation paying taxes to pay for welfare and to pay for their parents to be on Social Security and Medicare. It's 2012. There is no big working educated generation. The baby boomers are all retiring. They are old. Once they retire, they go onto the government themselves, and there is no educated younger generation to pay half the young people to be on welfare nor is there anyone to pay the baby boomers to be on SS and Medicare. This is the reality of where we are today. It's a new world order here. All of the money the government gives out in SS, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, GA, food stamps, all of it is going to have to go because of the changing demographics in this country. It's soon going to be a country of half old people on the government and the majority of the younger people will also be ond the government, not working and paying taxes. So it's all going to collapse.
The Democrats act like it is so great that people come here illegally from a third world country and have large families on welfare. These are the kids who end up in gangs and then in prision. We will be spending all of our tax money just on prisions and on free lawyers and on the court system to deal with all of the crime. People on welfare commit most of the crimes in this country. Kids in inner city housing projects have a life expectancy of 25 because they kill one another. Santorum is right. We pay people to create criminals. They have no fathers, their mothers are kids themselves who have them only to get welfare. How did the Dems think this was going to turn out?? The Dems pretend that there are only a few people on welfare. They pretend there is this large white working population who can carry the blacks and hispanics and white hillbillies on welfare. There is no one to do that. Hispanics will be the majority race in this country soon enough. It's going to be a full blown third world country due to the changing demographics of the hispanics and half the country being old people. That's when we go like Greece, from a first world country to being a third world country. I wish I could get out before the next five years, before the country collapses.
Do you have a solution that doesn't have as it's consequense hurting the kids of these irresponsible parents or making the government bigger by warehousing the kids?
yoo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Mar 11, 2012
Angry Taxpayer wrote:
Mother Jones does not accept the obvious: welfare reform was right for the United States in 1994, and it is today. Santorum and other supporters were right about ending the entitlement, while improving day care access. These assclowns are trying 24/7 to bury Santorum's real accomplishments in the Senate.
Why doesn't Santorum recommend churches sell off their baubles and use the money to help the kids? That's tax free.
Yup

Burlington, MA

#15 Mar 11, 2012
I guess that Rick "Frothy" Santorum will just have to kick Bristol Palin in the butt (that dirty little $lut)....she is destroying the fabric of the country.
yoo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#16 Mar 11, 2012
BTW fundies I hope you've all stocked up on a big supply courtsey of Glenn Beck's "food insurance". Hunker down fundies the world's coming to an end...so buy food insurance now!
HATE

Austin, MN

#17 Mar 11, 2012
The biggest most destructive criminals in this nation are CEO<s and top exec,s and all of wall street workers and bankers....So according to Sanitarium those people must have had single moms as mothers.
yoo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Mar 11, 2012
How many are single mothers in this way: the parents are married but the father is an absentee father working all the time so he doesn't have to share in parenting responsibilities?

Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#19 Mar 11, 2012
HATE wrote:
The biggest most destructive criminals in this nation are CEO<s and top exec,s and all of wall street workers and bankers....So according to Sanitarium those people must have had single moms as mothers.
what a silly, knee-jerk position. CEOs who do well enable companies to hire people. you can't see the forest for your envy...
HATE

Austin, MN

#20 Mar 11, 2012
GoodNewz wrote:
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what a silly, knee-jerk position. CEOs who do well enable companies to hire people. you can't see the forest for your envy...
Lol ok yea those CEO<s that closed factories and snet jobs to china and mexico and those CEO<s who trashed economy threw greed and wall street scum who have been ripping this nation apart...KEEP SUPPORTING THERE EVIL AND SOON WE WONT HAVE ANY NATION AT ALL.....
yoo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Mar 11, 2012
HATE wrote:
<quoted text>
Lol ok yea those CEO<s that closed factories and snet jobs to china and mexico and those CEO<s who trashed economy threw greed and wall street scum who have been ripping this nation apart...KEEP SUPPORTING THERE EVIL AND SOON WE WONT HAVE ANY NATION AT ALL.....
I bet the response will be something like: money made overseas brings money back to stock investors. So if the poor are too stupid to buy 10,000 shares of GE stock, that's their own fault :)

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